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The Jewish year starts on Rosh Hashanah, "the Head of the Year," the day when Adam and Eve were created. The number of any given year (at the time of the writing of this article, the year is 5767 (2007)), is the amount of years which have elapsed since cr...
Why Moses died on his birthday.
Thought you knew how many tribes there are? How many heads a shin has? Or that you've mastered basic addition? Rabbi Levi Yitzchak shows us deeper insights into these seemingly simple ideas . . . and so much more!
What actually occurred on the first Rosh Hashanah, more than 5700 years ago? What are we commemorating?
5776 -- A Year of Unity
It was the only event that required the attendance of every Jew -- men, women, and children -- reminiscent of the historic moment when our nation stood at Mount Sinai, when every member of our nation was present when G‑d lovingly gave us the Torah.
The Jewish "leap year", which occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle, has 13 months instead of the regular year's 12. This is so that the lunar-based Jewish year should remain aligned with the solar seasons (12 lunar months make up a total of 354 days -- s...
1. Declaring a Leap Year Is Part of the First Mitzvah In Exodus 12 G‑d commanded us to observe Passover in the spring. The Hebrew leap year ensures that the Jewish calendar remains true to the solar cycle so that the holidays are celebrated at the right t...
Why the focus on the king?
In Temple times the king would read from the Torah before the entire nation in the year of Hakhel. Why is this specifically the role of the king? This class explains the unique function of a Jewish king.
Watch how it’s done!
A group of actors bring the unity of the Hakhel year to life on the streets of Israel.
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